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Delays expected at Heathrow

Delays can be expected at Heathrow this week as thousands of climate change campaigners unhappy about planned expansion at the airport descend on the area. This is one of the busiest weeks of the year at Heathrow, with around 1.5 million passengers expected to pass through.

Campaigners have already set up camp near airport operator BAA's headquarters in Sipson near Heathrow, and they are expected to be supported by local residents protesting about the building of a third runway at Heathrow.

A day of direct action is planned for Sunday 19 August and up to 1,800 police will be on duty. According to intelligence reports some groups of protestors plan to break through the airport's perimeter fence.

Spokeswoman for the Camp for Climate Change, Gemma Davis, told the BBC: "We're not here to try to disrupt passengers, we're here to disrupt BAA".

BAA has taken on more security staff, and chief executive at Heathrow, Mark Bullock, claims passengers should not be affected: "My message to people who will be travelling through the airport would be to try to keep your eyes and ears open, and keep up to date with the situation through newspapers and websites".

By: Nick Purdom

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